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CSPAN
Jul 22, 2011 1:00pm EDT
. president. my name is amanda. i am a big fan. i am originally from iowa. >> nice. >> yes. i am an atheist. in 2008, you asserted no organization receiving taxpayer funds would be able to discriminate in hiring or firing based on a person's religion. however, you've not rescinded the executive order that permits this discrimination. when it is difficult for a person to get a job based on her skills, what would you say to a woman who has been denied employment because of her religion or lack of religious beliefs by a taxpayer funded organization? >> this is a very difficult issue, but a more narrow one and i think might be implied. it is very straightforward that people should not be discriminated against for race, gender, sexual orientation or religious affiliation. what has happened is there has been a carved out dating back to president clinton's presidency for religious organizations and they're hiring for particular purposes, and this is always a tricky part of the first amendment. on the one hand, the first amendment ensures there's freedom of religion. on the other hand, we want to m
CSPAN
Jul 22, 2011 6:00am EDT
is interested in turning the sanaa big we are not able to confirm that one way or another but obviously whatever he does lose large in the political calculations of everyone on the ground in yemen right now. we strongly believe that a transition is necessary, that an orderly peaceful transition is the only way to begin to lead yemen out of the crisis that it has been in for the last few months. we are strongly supportive as i said of the gcc initiative. we believe this is one way within the framework of the existing yemeni constitution that not only leads to elections, but also allows the opposition, the public, the protesters, also have the police in yemen's future. so we continue to strongly urge president saleh to sign and implement the agreement. in terms of the governance of yemen, the acting president under the terms of constitution is the vice president, hadi. he is a southerner who has been rather retiring in the past. he appears to be willing to sort of step up to the plate and begin to make the hard decisions that a president, even in income or acted president of yemen must be. he has
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